BRIDGE PARK COMMUNITY COUNCIL STEERING GROUP
In 1980, HPCC had a vision to buy Land for community regeneration. Grants were applied for in HPCC’s name these were special Government Grants to buy the land, design and build BRIDGE PARK Sports Centre and Complex.
Brent Council’s role in obtaining the Grant money was to assist and recommend the applicant (HPCC) for Urban Area monies. The Council itself could NOT apply for OR be the beneficiaries of the Grant monies themselves. Early 1982, HPCC was successfully granted the monies (first £1.8million to buy the disused Bus Garage then a further c. £3.2million for the to development). HPCC was a simply co-op of young people. HPCC being a Co-op (unincorporated association) could not hold public assets, it was agreed Brent would hold the monies and pay suppliers directly. In turn HPCC would provide the vision, design, build the new centre. Then separately manage and control the project through a special joint steering group (Ltd), this with the aid of annual local grants.
A number of years later, Brent Council stopped issuing the local grants bringing the separate management group for the centre into financial difficulties. Brent then took over the management of the centre and staff.
In 2013, Brent with the aid of Bromley Council (successors to the former GLC) worked to remove the G.L.C’s name and the protective covenant (In summary: The covenant ensured the Land would remain in the hands of the community, for the community and should not be sold).
On the 22nd June 2017, Brent Council attempted to sell the land(s) that the leisure complex stands on.
In August 2017 HPCC and supporters put forward sufficient evidence in an application and successfully blocked the sale of Bridge Park.
HPCC have made many offers to Brent Council to negotiate a peaceful settlement without condition, including that of Tribunal. To date Brent Council have not come to the negotiating table, instead they have decided to take us the community to the High Court. They are siding with big business by using our community monies to take us the community to Court!
On the 27th February 2019, 11am at the High Court, Rolls Building, Strand London EC4A 1NL – Brent Council solicitor’s have applied for a Summary Hearing in an attempt to have our case Struck Out without being heard. We will take a stand and fight for community justice!!
Please support our legal fight
PLEASE DONATE TO SUPPORT AND COMPLETE OUR CONSULATION QUESTIONNAIRE (in section 2 below).
We need as many people as possible both in the STONEBRIDGE /BRENT WARDS and Nationwide questionnaire completed responses – Please share this link Thank you.
What do we need? We demand that Brent Council stop the sale, and return control and development of the Bridge Park site to the Community. Brent should back our BPCC community vision for the site at bottom of this page (see below):
SECTION 2: QUESTIONNAIRE
WE, THE UNDERSIGNED INSIST THAT BRIDGE PARK IS KEPT FOR COMMUNITY USE AND IN COMMUNITY OWNERSHIP: IN PERPETUITY.
END OF QUESTIONNAIRE – Thank you.
The Bridge Park Vision